Trying out whalebird.org/ a new client app for desktops. And it's not just an Electron wrapper, woot!

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@mayel looks interesting. I'll give it a spin on my hackintosh

@hinterwaeldler oops, my bad! still, it's a local JS app, rather than just embeding your instance's webapp like Mstdn.

@mayel It looks nice though, will try it someday. Right now, I'm still enjoying the progreive web app. 😃

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I looked at that this morning. But even though it's a nice interface, I can't justify running another browser runtime on my low spec laptop.

I wish someone would write a QT client.

@mayel @jerry Indeed! Seems like a winner. A lot less "clutter". I like it!

@gme @mayel It is pretty nice. I noticed it doesn't seem to handle reply-all's very well - only seem to copy in the ID of the person I am directly responding to.

@jerry @mayel I actually prefer that behavior. Like, if you RT'd something, my reply would go to you and not to the person you originally toot'd. Makes sense in a way. I'm following you. Not necessarily who you just RT'd.

@gme I mean that when I respond to this toot using whalebird (which I am), it only includes your ID, not @mayel's ID too.

@jerry But doesn't that make sense? You're responding to something I sent you. Honestly, I've been in the middle of reply bombs on Twitter and they're a pain when there's a half-dozen people all replying-all to one another and I have no reason why I'm being included in the thread.

@gme Maybe... I guess it's just not the behavior I've grown to expect, as it cuts off the others participating in the discussion, and there's no easy way (that I see) to add them back in.

@mayel ooh I like it a lot, simple and easy to navigate - no way to interact with hashtags or lists from there though but still

@mayel very nice! Reply interface is a bit confusing though...

@mayel I've been using github.com/superzazu/mastodon- for a while, because I really like the feel of the web interface, but have now swotched to github.com/saenzramiro/rambox.

That's full Javascript though, so I'll keep my eyes open on what Whalebird does from here on, thanks for the tip.

@mayel Is it actually written for desktops? Not just a website in some wrapper other then the one you mentioned?

@Canageek it actually does use Electron to run a Javascript client, but a custom one packaged with the app which talks to the Mastodon API

@mayel :(

I keep hoping someone will write a Masto client in C++ or whatever, something with a tiny little footprint rather then the system resource devouring beast it is sometimes.

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